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CASULLO, María Martina  y  FERNANDEZ LIPORACE, Mercedes. Development Of A Psychometric Instrument To Assess Conceptions About Wisdom. Anu. investig. [online]. 2008, vol.15. ISSN 1851-1686.

Within the constructs from Positive Psychology, which analyzes salutogenic resources and strengths in the human being, Wisdom appears as an interesting point. So, the paper presents the process of designing a psychometric instrument to assess which attributes are assigned, most frequently, to wise people. This concept supposes a general competence described as life experience, which is based in pragmatic knowledge. It requires meta/analytic, reflexive and evaluative abilities and it is conceived as a special type of cognitive processing, different from creativity and intelligence. In despite of this, when wisdom is analyzed, not only cognitive processes involved are considered, but also attributes such as empathy, intelligence and analytic and reflexive capacities are taken into account. Framed into these considerations, the main goal consisted in designing an instrument, and developing its psychometric analysis; so, the answers of 1100 adults from 30 to 59 years ( age= 44.89; SD= 7.74; 55% male, 45% female), residents from Buenos Aires (City, Suburbs and State) were collected. A seven-factor solution was isolated, which was consistent with current theories on the subject.

Palabras clave : Psychometric instrument; Wisdom; Conceptions.

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